Tesla Motors has been in the headlines lately as the electric motor vehicle company flexes their muscle and turns heads as they announce a Saleen Model S tuner-car, take on a cross-country drive, and drag race a Corvette Stingray C7 with the Z51 performance package.
This morning, two Tesla Model S sedans finished a cross-country drive in New York that started 76.5 hours before in Los Angeles. In the press release, Tesla said they recorded the lowest charge time for any electric vehicle (EV) traveling across the U.S. and hoped to make a new entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The cross-country 3464.5 mile drive took 1,197.8 kWh of energy to showcase the car’s charging abilities and alleviate any anxiety that possible new customers may have with the EV’s range. The limited range of the car was often seen as a deterrent that may have stopped some consumers from making an EV purchase. Another factor that may deter some consumers is the price of the Model S being out of range of the average market. However Tesla has plans to roll-out another cheaper model in future.
The move by Tesla to showcase their Model S’s range is not new by any means; GM also ran commercials that focused on the ability of their Chevy Volt to use gasoline power in the event that the cars range was shorter than the intended final destination.
Tesla has been answering the demands of the consumer by investing and building a network of free charging stations that are now in 73 locations in the United States. The company built their first six charging stations in California in 2012. As recent as two weeks ago Tesla also has built 14 charging stations in Europe. If the conditions are ideal, Tesla’s Superchargers are said to be capable of recharging battery packs to half-charge in as little as 20 minutes.
Tesla’s cross-country trip is not the only way that the EV company has decided to turn consumer’s heads. The company has just announced that they will be flexing their muscle by partnering with Saleen Automotive to provide a tuner-car version of the Model S.
This will mark the first time that the high-performance tuner-car company will delve into electric vehicles. Saleen Automotive’s, Steve Saleen, said that they’ve desired to produce vehicles that are not totally reliant on fossil fuels and he fully intends to produce one of the most compelling Tesla’s ever. Saleen continued to say that Tesla’s Model S has already got a proven track-record in the performance arena with their stock model and he’s pretty excited to see what he can do to further improve the car’s performance. To date, no release date for the Saleen Tesla Model S has been set.
Tesla has also made the media go crazy recently with their Model S flexing its muscle against the Corvette Stingray C7 with the Z51 performance package. The Model S family sedan weighs-in at a hefty 4,600 lbs. and was pitted against the 460 horsepower Corvette. What happened is sure to turn anyone’s head and leave the spectators wondering just how far Tesla can take their EV’s into the high-performance market.
By Brent Matsalla